From June 19-29, 23 LaBelle High School students, alumni, and family members traveled with Mrs. Joy Bridwell to Japan for an educational and cultural eleven day adventure.
The group visited Tokyo, Kamakura, Hakone, Odawara, Kyoto, Hiroshima, Miyajima Island and Osaka. Along the way, the travelers learned much about Japan’s history as well as its pop culture. T
he participants toured Buddhist temples, Shinto shrines, technology showrooms, Samurai castles, bamboo forests, deer parks, geothermal vents, museums and fun shopping districts.
The group also heard an interesting presentation by a retired sumo wrestler, saw a kimono fashion show, met with Japanese students, and stayed one night in a traditional ryokan-style hotel where all of the participants wore yatakas and sang karaoke.
The group traveled by planes, bullet trains, ferries, subways and buses. Travel is such a wonderful way to learn more about this world we live in.
The Japan trip marked the eighth time Mrs. Bridwell has taken students abroad. She truly enjoys providing opportunities for students to experience other cultures.
Participants on this trip were Chelsea Bridwell, Emma Bridwell, Joy Bridwell, Patrick Bridwell, Josefina Contreras, Jasper Dzuong, Jocelyn Dzuong, Ramon Figueroa, Jeff Granims, Jered Hampton, Norma Maciel, Rebecca Maciel, Jack Neel, Gustavo Pardo, Margie Pardo, Raul Pardo, Frank Puletti, Andy Rosado, John Walker, Jimmy Williams, Stephanie Williams, Jack Wilson and Leland Wilson.